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Defendants (criminal proceedings)


Getting independent legal advice is very important when you are involved in some way with the criminal process. The factsheets tell you when and in what circumstances you are entitled to be represented by a lawyer. They also tell you what a lawyer will do for you. This general factsheet tells you how to find a lawyer and how the costs of the lawyer will be met if you cannot afford to pay.

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Finding a lawyer

You will always be entitled to be defended by a lawyer appointed by you; if you do not have sufficient financial resources, you can apply for legal aid, as a detainee or a suspect.

If you need a lawyer and you have not been arrested, you can look at the Spanish Bar Association's list of available lawyers.

Furthermore, you can contact the closest Bar Association if you have not been arrested so far:

Paying for a lawyer

People whose income is less than double the national minimum wage are entitled to legal aid. If you are turned down for legal aid, you must pay for the legal aid lawyer.

Related links

Spanish Bar Association information about legal aid

Information about free legal advice

Ministry of Justice information about legal aid

Last update: 11/03/2020

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